About Teodor Currentzis

About Teodor Currentzis

Founder and Music Director of musicAeterna Ensemble and Choir

Chief Conductor of the SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart

Teodor Currentzis is the Chief Conductor of the SWR Symphony Orchestra Stuttgart and Artistic Director of the ensemble musicAeterna and of the musicAeterna Chamber Choir. The ensemble was resident at Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre from 2011 till 2019. In July 2019, Teodor Currentzis stepped down as artistic director of Perm Opera in order to focus on leading musicAeterna to new heights as an independent, privately financed ensemble.

2018/19 was his first year with SWR. Teodor conducted Mahler 3, 4, Tchaikovsky 5 and Shostakovich 7 in performances in Stuttgart and on tour visiting the Vienna Konzerthaus, Hamburg Elbphilharmonie and Cologne Philharmonie amongst others. He finished his first season with SWR with a final performance of Shostakovich 7 at the Salzburg Festival. In 2019/20 he took the orchestra on tour to Austria, Spain and France. This season, Teodor will return to the orchestra in the Autumn to perform Hans Zender’s Schubert’s Winterreise and in 2021, Mahler’s Lied von der Erde on tour in Germany and Spain.

Teodor continues as Resident Artist at the Vienna Konzerthaus, beginning in 2016/17, returning regularly with SWR Symphony orchestra and musicAeterna

With musicAeterna, Teodor regularly tours Europe with performances at the Berlin Philharmonic, Philharmonie de Paris, Baden-Baden Festspielhaus, La Scala Milan and the Madrid Auditorio. They have a long standing relationship with the Salzburg Festspiele; performances in Salzburg include a new production of La Clemenza di Tito directed by Peter Sellars in 2017 which transferred to Dutch Opera where Teodor made his debut in 2018, a full Beethoven symphonies cycle in 2018 in five sell out concerts and Idomeneo in 2019 directed by Peter Sellars in collaboration with the Freiburg Baroque and the musicAeterna choir. Teodor and musicAeterna made their BBC Proms debut in 2018, their Japanese debut in February 2019 with concerts in Tokyo and Osaka and last season in New York at The Shed with Verdi’s Requiem alongside moving images from the late Jonas Mekas.

Past highlights of Teodor’s career include; his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic with Verdi’s Requiem and the musicAeterna choir performing Brahms Requiem with musicAeterna choir and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra as part of the Diaghilev Festival, Perm and on tour in Europe; a tour with Mahler Chamber Orchestra of Berio’s CoroClemenza di titoand Mozart’s Requiem at Salzburg Festival, Verdi’s Macbeth at Zurich Opera with Barrie Kosky (2016); Wagner’s Das Rheingold with musicAeterna orchestra (2015, RUHRtriennale in Bochum); Tchaikovsky Iolanthe and Stravinsky Persephone at Aix Festival (2015) which premiered in Madrid in 2012; Purcell’s The Indian Queen in Madrid (2012); Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District in Zurich (2012) and Weinberg’s The Passenger with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra in Bregenz (2010).

As former Artistic Director of Perm Opera, Teodor has commissioned several important new works, including Phillipe Hersants ‘Tristia’ (2016), Dmitrii Kourliandski’s opera Nosferatu (2014), Alexei Syumak’s opera Cantos (2016), and a violin concerto by Sergey Nevsky (2015).

Teodor Currentzis and musicAeterna are exclusive Sony artists and have most recently released their first Beethoven recording of his 5th Symphony.  Other releases have included the Mozart- Da Ponte trilogy, Stravinsky’s Les Noces, Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto, with Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6 and Mahler’s Symphony No. 6.  Previous recordings include Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 14, Mozart’s Requiem and Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas all on the Alpha label and the Shostakovich Piano Concertos with Alexander Melnikov and the Mahler Chamber Orchestra on the Harmonia Mundi label.

In 2017, ECHO Klassik awarded the DVD/Blu-ray production of Purcell’s Indian Queen, directed by Peter Sellers, with Teodor and musicAeterna, following on from a previous ECHO Klassik award in 2016 for ‘Symphonic Recording (20th/21st century music)’ for their recording of Stravinsky’s Le Sacre du Printemps, both released on Sony Classical. In 2015, Teodor and his brother Vangelino Currentzis, recorded and composed the soundtrack of the European Games opening ceremony in Baku and were nominated for an Emmy Award, in the category of Outstanding Music Direction and Composition. Teodor Currentzis was awarded the Order of Friendship of the Russian Federation in 2008, and was the recipient of the Toepfer Foundation’s prestigious Kairos Award in 2016. The same year, Opernwelt named Teodor Currentzis Best Conductor of the Year for his Macbeth at Zurich Opera.

Teodor has so far been awarded seven Golden Masks – Russia’s prestigious theatre award – most recently in 2017 as Best Opera Conductor for La Traviata, a Perm Opera production directed by Robert Wilson. Previous awards include the Best Opera Conductor award (Indian Queen 2015 and Cosi Fan Tutte, Perm 2013 and Wozzeck, Bolshoi 2011), for a “brilliant performance of Prokofiev’s score” (Cinderella, 2007) and for “outstanding results in the area of authentic performance” (The Marriage of Figaro, 2008).

In 2006, combining his knowledge and passion for early music with contemporary composers and new music, Teodor started the Territoria Modern Art Festival, which in a short space of time has become the most prestigious and progressive annual music festival in Moscow. Since 2012, Teodor has also curated the Diaghilev Festival, held in the home of the composer’s birth town in Russia.

Born in Greece, Russia has become Teodor’s home since the beginning of the 1990s, when he began studying conducting at the state conservatory of St. Petersburg, under the tutelage of Professor Ilya Musin, whose pupils, among others, were renowned conductors Odyseuss Dimitriadis, Valery Gergiev, and Semyon Bychkov.